Guidance

Family VHCC cases registered from 1 October 2015

Guidance on family VHCC cases registered from 1 October 2015.

CCFS post 1 October 2015 training pack

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CCFS Single counsel/single advocate scheme

All high cost family care cases with single counsel/solicitor advocate will be subject to the CCFS.

Some private law and other child cases, which follow a similar fact-finding route and have main hearings over 10 days, may qualify for the CCFS scheme (on request and agreed by the Legal Aid Agency (LAA)).

These cases will be managed by the VHCC family team in South Tyneside.

CCFS information pack (October 2015)

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CCFS form

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CCFS form: completed example

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CCFS form checklist

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VHCC calculator

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QC/two counsel scheme

All high cost family care cases requiring QC or 2 counsel will be subject to the QC/2 counsel events based fee scheme.

These cases will be managed by the Exceptional and Complex Case Team in London.

QC/2 counsel information pack

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Two counsel case plan

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Two counsel case plan example

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Detailed (fully costed) family case plans

All high cost family care cases registered from 1st October 2015 will qualify for the CCFS model. Exceptionally, full case planning may be applied to those cases that are more complex or unusual and that would be paid at least 30% more under hourly rates. A request must be made to and agreed by LAA.

All other family HCC including private law, child abduction and Court of Protection cases, are managed using detailed (fully costed) case plans.

These cases will be managed by the Exceptional and Complex Case Team in London.

These plans set out:

  • description of the case
  • assessment of its prospects
  • legal and factual issues to be investigated and resolved
  • details of costs
  • the selection of counsel and experts used

Full case planning Information pack

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Template case plan

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Fully costed case plan checklist

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Published 13 August 2015
Last updated 10 August 2017 + show all updates
  1. QC/2 counsel information pack updated.
  2. 2 counsel case plan updated.
  3. 'CCFS post 1 October 2015 training pack' added to page.
  4. First published.